Crown of Life Lutheran Church & School




1292 Tally Ho Trail
Hubertus, WI  53033
262-628-2550

Come... My Lord wants me to worship Him

It is our mission to bring people into the Church of Jesus Christ by:

v  Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is inviting to our members as well as the community we serve

v  Providing worship services which are spiritually uplifting, challenging the spiritually comfortable to re-evaluate their faith while comforting the burdened souls through the forgiving message of Christ

v  Providing all people in the community the opportunity to worship the Lord regardless of age or special needs

 

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  (Psalm 100:2,4)

Services

Regular Service Times

Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am
Thursdays: 7:00 pm


Holy Communion:
1st & 3rd weeks

Holy Communion may be received on the first and third Sundays -- both services, and on the Thursday before the corresponding services. Our guests who wish to partake of Holy Communion are asked to speak to the pastor before the service.

Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word.  By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

You Are Living Stones

1 Peter 2: 4, 9 (Easter 5 -2017)

                       

“You yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2: 4, 9)

“You are Living Stones”

You really are His people. You really have been built into a spiritual family, a holy calling of saints. You are God’s own possession for eternally good reasons. You are able and allowed to handle holy things!

We have been celebrating the Resurrection for five Sundays now. The scent breakfast and lilies has long faded, however. The attendance has diminished to the faithful few. Days off from school and work for family have ended. It is back to the grindstone of labor, education, spring chores, and the myriad of obligatory dates on the May calendars.

You really still are His people. You really are part of a spiritual family, a holy calling of saints. You are still God’s own possession for eternally good reasons. You are able and allowed to handle holy things!

It does not always feel that way, does it? It certainly did not always seem that way for the beat down churches of early Christianity. The Spirit moved Peter, at least twice, to circulate letters of strong encouragement to those early Christians. Those letters are saturated with the news that a crucified Jesus rose from the grave. He lives and loves to bless his people. Those letters are saturated with messages for his Living Stones to shine through the gloom of earthly things with the Light of Jesus!  

You, like living stones - are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession … offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Fashioned By Christ

Peter speaks of a spiritual building of stones. He speaks of the one true Stone, Christ Jesus, as the Founding Stone that sets the tone for the rest of the spiritual house of God. “See I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” People that teach and learn of Christ as the Son of God, have the cornerstone for living for him and like him.

Peter was calling the people to the holy life that God expects of all of us. In the first chapter he had said, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.”

Be holy!?!? Us!? Me?! We are completely the opposite of holiness. We are shamefully, and regretfully, sinful. Peter speaks about ridding ourselves of “malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind” (2:1). These are sinful attitudes that live and breathe in my heart and yours. Without Christ as the chief cornerstone, it is impossible for us to set the tone for Christian unity and life. Pride, jealousy and false fronts can rise up even among well intended Christian people. Then there is the attitude of false humility. “I am not good enough, send someone else” was just the tone of a Moses who found a devilish excuse for doing nothing!

But, WE don’t set the founding stone. The true foundation and tone-setter is Christ Jesus. Like the founding stone in a building, Christ is the foundation of the Christian Church. In him sinful attitudes are removed. In him true perfection is accomplished. Peter writes later on in the letter, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (2:24).

Peter says, “To those of you who believe in him he is a precious stone.” Jesus is the precious stone. He is more valuable than any earthly price could measure. His life blood sacrifice means our salvation has been made complete.We cherish life with him through his Rising from death. He is precious because he is living. The crucified Lord, who gave life as an offering, rose to victory over death on Easter morning. He is the Living Stone, and because “he lives, you also will live.” (John 14:19)

Living For Christ

Living Stones “offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” And they are pleasing to him. God has called us from sin and unbelief to be a part of Christ through faith. The Spirit gives faith through Water and the Word. The Spirit and faith is the binding mortar that unites you to Christ and each other. The fruits of our faith reflect who Christ is. And though we may all be individual stones together we all reflect the face of Christ Jesus and therefore live in conformity to his words of life and truth and love.

That is why Peter says, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (12). Our Savior said the same thing: “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Patterned after Christ the true living stone, our new face shines in this dark world. God has built us in to a living house of his kingdom. It is a kingdom of grace and forgiveness. It is a kingdom of love and joy. It is a kingdom of fellowship and Christian service toward others.

You really still are His people. You really are part of a spiritual family, a holy calling of saints. You are still God’s own possession for eternally good reasons. You are able and allowed to handle holy things!

What does that look like? Think of the many times the Bible speaks of one body with many parts; one Chief Cornerstone with many stones built upon it. No one stone is alike, yet all are bound to Christ and each other. What moves Isaiah to shout out “Woe to me, I am ruined?” Certainly it was the reality of his own sins in the sight of God’s holiness. What caused the same Isaiah moments later to shout “Here Am I, send me!” Certainly the angelic news from God’s altar: “See this has touched your lips and your sin is atones for!” (Isaiah 6: 1-7)

You really still are His people. You really are part of a spiritual family, a holy calling of saints. You are still God’s own possession for eternally good reasons. You are able and allowed to handle holy things!

What does that look like? Living stones living for Christ:

  • Moms & dads; husbands & wives; children asking for forgiveness, and retuning the same in Christ.
  • Beat down or not, families with open Bibles and constant prayers whether others are watching or not.
  • Living Stones living out their careers with integrity and joy in the face of those who choose not to.
  • Beat down or not, church leaders leading with courage and joy in the face of those who will not.
  • Persecuted or not, children and young adults who aspire to live Christ-like among those who will not.
  • Putting the small ones down for a nap with a song; digging a hole that needs to be dug; finding a good way to rest body and soul; avoiding temptations … when others are looking or not.
  • Finishing something well - anything well - even finishing life itself well by faith in our Risen Christ!

These are all holy things to God when they are done by faith in Christ! You really still are His people. You really are part of a spiritual family, a holy calling of saints. You are still God’s own possession for eternally good reasons. In Christ you are able and allowed to handle holy things!

As elegant, useful, different & beautiful the stones of this very sanctuary are - they pale in comparison to Living Stones Living as Christ’s holy people. The conversations, the ministry, the fellowship, the deeds of love for the sake of the Gospel, and the joy of knowing life in heaven is our true joy - are all “offerings of spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Amen.